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Wrestling: No surprise, another Mahon in Fox Chapel lineup

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Fox Chapel wrestler Mike Mahon. Read his story below.

After watching three brothers compete on the Fox Chapel High School wrestling team, it's no surprise that Mike Mahon is following in the footsteps of his brothers.

"Mike is the fourth of five brothers," Fox Chapel coach Ron Frank said. "My coaches and I have a saying, 'Thank goodness for Mrs. Mahon.' I've never had a family with five brothers before."

Mike Mahon is a 182-pound junior who has a 19-7 record.

"I started wrestling when I was 5 years old after watching my brothers wrestle," Mahon said. "We're all very competitive. We've had some pretty good battles at home and knocked over a lamp every once in a while."

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Girls Basketball: Fox Chapel hanging tough in balanced Section 3-AAAA

Written by Joe Koch on .

While Penn Hills has its sights set on another championship in Section 2-AAAA, there remains a lot of speculation as to which teams will join the Indians when the WPIAL Class AAAA basketball tournament begins next month.

Penn Hills is 10-0 following Friday afternoon's 57-29 victory over Franklin Regional. Beyond that, however, a tent could be placed over the next four to five teams and the order could change between now and the end of the season.

Fox Chapel is in a second-place tie with McKeesport as both teams have section records of 7-3. Should the two teams remained tied, then head-to-head results would not be a factor as the two teams have now split with each other. Fox Chapel won the initial meeting back in December at Fox Chapel, 45-40, but the Tigers gained the split with a 64-63 decision this past Thursday.

Gateway is fourth at 6-4, and Plum has a break-even record of 5-5. Franklin Regional can't be counted out as the Panthers are sixth with a record of 3-7.

The first four teams automatically qualify for the postseason tournament. But if there are ties for fourth, then all teams in that scenario advance to a play-in round. A lot can change between now and the end of the season.

 

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Hockey: Short bench taking its toll on Fox Chapel

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Fox Chapel hockey team.

2016 0122 FoxChapel Hockey(Photo: Fox Chapel's Ben Friedland, left, was selected to the PIHL Class AA all-star game. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Fox Chapel has been one of the more enigmatic teams in PIHL Class AA this season.

There have been moments of brilliance, like a 6-5 overtime victory against Quaker Valley or a 4-0 shutout against a Moon team that has led the Western Conference throughout much of the season. Those stellar moments have been contrasted, though, with stunning setbacks such as a 9-1 loss to a Penn-Trafford team that will likely miss the playoffs or an 8-3 defeat at the hands of a North Hills squad that will also likely be on the outside looking in once the postseason begins.

"Our kids work really hard but we have a short bench and, when all of our players have shown up, we've only lost one game," Fox Chapel coach Rick Villani said. "But when the [amateur] team you're playing for calls a practice, the players have to go and it's the most frustrating thing that I have to deal with."

Last week in a critical Eastern Conference matchup with first-place Armstrong, Fox Chapel (7-9-0) only dressed 10 skaters as compared to 15 for the River Hawks. By being able to send out a third line against the Foxes, Armstrong was able to wear them down and cruise to a 10-4 victory behind backup goaltender Jacob Lorigan."

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Boys Basketball: Close isn't good enough at Fox Chapel

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Fox Chapel boys basketball team.

"The Fox Chapel boys basketball team is hoping history will repeat itself.

After starting the season 4-6 a year ago, the Foxes caught fire all the way to the Class AAAA WPIAL semifinals.

Fox Chapel is in the same boat this year, entering the week 3-9 overall and 1-5 in Section 2, heading into Wednesday night's home contest against Armstrong that was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

"Last year we started 3-7," seventh-year coach Zach Skrinjar said. "Every year is different. Every team is different. Guys have experiences but this year is a different journey. We are trusting each other to put in the effort. There is still a lot of basketball left to play. We need to prove ourselves in the second half of the season. We are moving forward one game at a time.""

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Alumni Update - Matt D’Amico (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The Calvin College Knights defeated Saint Vincent by a score of 77-66 in the Bearcats' final game of the d3hoops.comDAmico SVC Classic, held at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Matt D'Amico, a Fox Chapel graduate, led the offense with a career-high 13 points.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)